Interim Chief Linebackers

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Chiefs of Police serve at the discretion of elected officials, village managers and city administrators. Occasionally, a Chief of Police faces an unscheduled termination of employment and the resultant vacancy creates uncertainty within the department and with city officials and local residents. Most often, a temporary appointment is made from within the ranks because other professional resources are either unknown or unidentified. Frequently, this temporary in-house appointee is without management training and experience. Conversely, a community may have more than one qualified replacement, but does not want to give preferential recognition prior to the formal selection process.

To maintain continual professional law enforcement leadership in a community during the often lengthy search process, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police approved the development of an Interim Chief of Police service that would be identified as the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Linebacker Program. A Linebacker is an interim or substitute Chief of Police who fills, on a short term basis, the vacancy created by the unscheduled departure of a department's Chief Executive Officer. The objective of the program is to provide short term counsel, experience and support to manage a municipal police department until a permanent replacement can be found. The Linebacker would maintain policy established by elected officials, promote the goals of the department, and respond to community service needs.

To become an Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Linebacker, one must have served as a Chief of Police or Public Safety Director in the State of Illinois and been an active member of this Association. Applicants meeting these two basic requirements were encouraged to complete and file a Linebacker Program Application that would be used for reference in an established database of Linebackers. The Association has a pool of highly qualified and professionally trained law enforcement managers who have either recently retired or are between employment positions.

The Linebacker Program is offered to city managers and administrators throughout the State of Illinois. A city manager in need of an interim chief of police would contact the Association Executive Director for names of Linebacker candidates. After having been provided with a portfolio of candidates from a selected geographic location, the city manager would have the responsibility of interviewing, selecting, and negotiating a short term labor agreement with the candidate. Local government would then also have an experienced resource that could be used to provide counsel in the new chief's selection process.

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City Managers and Administrators interested in this new and exciting program are asked to contact:

The Executive Director
Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police
426 S. Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1824

(217) 523-3765
 - Toll Free (877) 244-3345
FAX: (217) 523-8352
EMAIL: [email protected]